So things are going relatively well. We’ve had a few oops moments for sure, but overall it’s been pretty smooth. Mostly we’re trying to work out what the “rules” are. If the goal is to skip commercially packaged stuff, then can we buy things like cheese and bread from the farmer’s market? As long as the people selling said items are actually the ones making them?
The reality is that unless I want to spend literally every spare second in the kitchen with the stand mixer and food processor on high alert, we probably will need to supplement our homemade things a bit. Especially because I have work that needs to be tended too and projects other than our urban pioneer life experiment.
But I have been giving it a fair go! In the last week and a half I’ve made bread 3 times, see?
(Ends stored in these glass containers from Crate & Barrel. Highly recommend them as an alternative to ziplock bags.)
The sandwich bread was good, but the loaves too small for the pans I have. Next time, same recipe but only one loaf so they’re not so short. The rustic Italian peasant bread… left something to be desired. BUT I did make croutons using some of it and they were delish. The ciabatta was a wild success. Definitely making it again tomorrow (but must start the sponge today) for leftover soup.
I spent pretty much all day in the kitchen on Sunday making… ready?
Hummus (I will share my recipe eventually because I think I’ve honed in on a perfect version)
Tuscan white bean soup with kale (Should also share this recipe, because it is delicious)
Peach jam (We have a giant jar in the fridge and a few processed jars on the shelf for later)
Baby food (Pluots!)
Cesaer salad with charmoula tofu (tofu is NOT on the list, but it was a legacy block in the fridge and we couldn’t very well let it go bad. But I did make the croutons and the dressing)
And that’s just enough for two dinners and some miscellany. Those pioneer ladies, they really worked hard. So yeah, we’re in the process of evaluating our rules. And then last night we had 7 people for dinner. So we ordered pizza. Oops. But we don’t have a dishwasher! And while making quinoa burgers sounded good, the amount of clean up sounded bad. I did make a big chopped salad to go along with our pies. So, you know, we split the difference.
Some of you asked what we’re using instead of disposables in the kitchen. I will definitely do a post on our alternatives soon.